MY BLOG MADE IT TO A WHOLE NEW YEAR! Oh yeah, baby!
The enthusiasm may seem unwarranted, but for someone like me who personifies ningas-kugon (a Filipino idiom which means someone who loves starting projects but can never finish them) this is absolutely a big deal. Here’s hoping I can keep this going to it’s first year (in March 2016!) and beyond.
Recently I’ve noticed that a popular topic for blogs every January is how to use and/or arrange one’s planner. Since there’s a million and one blog entries out there on how to use and organize a planner, I didn’t want to just make mine the million-and-second – but I also really, really, really, really want to talk about my planner. (Yes, I’m one of those Type A people obsessed with having the perfect planner.) Then I realized, I don’t just have one planner. I have a handful of different notebooks and journals that I use to organize my hectic, crazy life like a true-blue anal-retentive control freak. So I thought I’d blog about the different notebooks I use to stay organized.
Brand-wise, my planner is nothing special. I picked it up for Php250 at National Bookstore. It’s one of those locally made planners that came out of some warehouse/factory in Q.C., but it’s actually pretty nice! It’s one of those planners that uses a whole page for a single day and is pretty minimalist, which I much prefer to the cutesy weekly/monthly planners most college students and bloggers use.
I also record down some thoughts, notes to myself, or an inspirational quote in my planner, especially if that day was particularly trying.
As much as possible, I try to avoid putting incredibly detailed lists in my planner, because it just looks so darn messy. For example, if I have to work on a certain project for the day, I’ll write that project down in my planner, but I’ll put all the necessary individual steps in a different notebook – my modified bullet journal.
What exactly is a modified bullet journal, you ask?
Modified bullet journal
I first came across the idea of a bullet journal sometime last year (which still feels weird to say, because last year was a week ago…). I couldn’t fully get on board with it since it seemed like such a messy way to keep track of things, but as time went by and I saw pretty cool bullet journal posts on Pinterest I began to think it was a pretty nifty way to at least put some kind of organization towards my usual bevy of to-do lists littering my desk and purse.
My modified bullet journal is the A6 Recycled Notebook with Lined Paper from MUJI. There’s less organization to this notebook than an actual bullet journal – I don’t use an index, and I don’t have a daily/weekly/monthly/future log. This notebook really is just a compilation of all my to-do lists, with the added feature of the bullet journal concept of “migrating”, where I mark an item from a previous to-do list as “migrated” to another list if I couldn’t do it that day.
I also use this notebook to jot down grocery lists and lists of other things I need to buy (highlighted in green), my monthly budget (highlighted in pink), and budgeting for my travels (highlighted in yellow). I also write down little reminders to myself if I haven’t yet organized my thoughts to fit nicely into my planner.
Notebook for quotes, song lyrics, poems, puns, etc.
I like collecting words. Inspiring passages from books, song lyrics, poetry, witty and/or lame puns and jokes – even the occasional Bible passage, when the mood strikes. I used to just type them down in my phone’s Notes app, but I came across this tiny little notebook in Fully Booked which was like Php80 (can you tell yet that I love buying notebooks?) and thought it would be perfect for my collection of words.
And those are my planners/notebooks for the year! If any of you have posts on how you organize your planners or journals, please leave links in the comments. I’m nosy af and love seeing how people plot out their planners!